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Volleyball player Naomi knew something was wrong. Despite her usual ability to play hard, the exhaustion the 12-year-old started feeling after games wasn't right. After several inconclusive visits, her doctor recommended she be taken to the emergency room the next time she experienced pain. Within an hour of her next ER visit, Naomi was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
Treatment for Naomi included injections into her spine—a procedure so painful that she had to be sedated. Most of her discomfort eventually went away but the body aches did not. Filled with faith and strength from her supporters, Naomi persevered through more than a year of treatment. Her chemo port was removed the week before Christmas 2012.
Since her illness, Naomi hasn't been able to play volleyball but that hasn't stopped her from joining the debate team, playing the piano, volunteering and continuing her love for art.